PODCAST: 2022 Colorado State Football Preview

PODCAST: 2022 Colorado State Football Preview Rams have a new head cocah Contact/Follow @MWCwire Jay Norvell moves within the league Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2022 Colorado State football season. The Rams have the chance to be the most …

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Jay Norvell moves within the league

Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2022 Colorado State football season. The Rams have the chance to be the most interesting team in the Mountain West with a new head coach in Jay Norvell who comes over from Nevada. The Norvell hire was a shrewd but an amazing move from the higher ups at the Rams.

A lot of players followed Norvell from Nevada, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Rams do need a quarterback, running back, and strengthening the offensive line. There is talent there but a few question marks with transfers. Defensively, they bring in the DC Freddie Banks from Montana State and led a defense that was one of the best at that level.

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Air Force Football: 2022 Quarterback Depth

Can Haaziq Daniels Earn All-MWC Team Recognition? What Does The Depth Chart Look Like At Quarterback? Contact/Follow @Sean or @MWCWire The 2022 Falcons boast a roster that has a lot of returning talent in critical positions. To the fortune of Air …

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What Does The Depth Chart Look Like At Quarterback?


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The 2022 Falcons boast a roster that has a lot of returning talent in critical positions. To the fortune of Air Force, they have a proven and experienced playmaker returning at the most important position on any teams roster, quarterback.

Haaziq Daniels figures to be under center this fall, which is great news for Air Force fans. However, history would strongly suggest that he won’t be the only player at the position to be counted to win games. While the Falcons have been fortunate to see multi-year starters lead them over the course of the past few seasons, that fortune has also been in conjunction with very capable and experienced depth behind them. We’re talking about the kind of depth that is depended on to sub, start and win games.

Necessary depth at the quarterback position isn’t unique to Air Force alone. But with the style of offense they play, it tends to be a preparation exercise for when needed, not if needed. Because of that, Troy Calhoun, Mike Thiessen and the rest of the staff have to ensure there is a quarterback room that is equal parts capable and expecting, when it comes to seeing the field.

Today, we are are going to examine that quarterback room.

QB1: Haaziq Daniels

Entering fall camp, Haaziq Daniels should be fully entrenched as the starting quarterback. This will be his third year as the lead signal caller, and if his rate of progression continues, this could be a spectacular senior season for Daniels.

Thrust into action in the COVID shortened 2020 year, Daniels was a relatively unknown commodity as a sophomore. As the season unfolded, he proved a capable engineer of the triple-option offense. When he was on, you could see a ton of potential. But there proved to be adversity as well. Much like that season was for the Falcons, so was Daniels performance.

Probably the most important thing in all of that crazy 2020 as it relates to Haaziq Daniels though, was he was obviously developing. There were critical blunders mixed with glimpses of brilliance. And there was certainly more good than bad.

All of that first year starting experience set the tone for a much more linear trajectory of improvement. While his completion percentage dipped slightly in 2021, his effectiveness and overall development as a passer was obvious. Just as Louisville, who Daniels carved up in a bowl game performance to remember.

His ability as a runner was never really in question. In fact, the only change in standing in that regard was the fact that he put defenses on notice that he has homerun speed to compliment good vision and decisiveness when carrying the ball. This was evident when he ripped off a 94 yard touchdown run against Florida Atlantic.

If his development continues at the current trajectory, Haaziq Daniels should be in the conversation as an All- Mountain West Conference Team selection. Accounting for 18 total touchdowns (11 rushing and seven passing) last year, Daniels looks to be a truly distinguished duel threat quarterback with plenty of weapons around him. If he fulfills his potential, this should be a special season for him and the Falcons.

The Two-Deep: Larrier/Jones/Brittain

It seems there is a sentiment that the departure of Warren Bryan leaves Air Force with a void at the backup spot under center. This is a bit misguided if you really look at who is still on the roster for the upcoming season, and consider that Bryan only saw the field in three games in 2021. Let’s be clear, Bryan was very effective when opportunities arose, but most of that playing time came in 2020, not in 2021.

When it comes to production and game experience, Mountain West Track Champion Zach Larrier is actually atop that list. Most of his damage game at the end of the year, and in a change of pace package. But the track star was very effective as a runner, gaining 106 yards on just 12 carries (nearly 9 yards per carry) along with a touchdown. While Larrier has yet to prove himself as a passer, the ability to operate the run game from triple-option is really what’s paramount for success at Air Force.

The name you don’t want to lose sight of looking at the depth chart this year, and essentially making his case to start next season (2023) is Jensen Jones. The Florida native has gotten a jersey and traveled with the team ever since he got on campus in 2020. Pretty impressive for a quarterback at a service academy. Jones has amassed 40 yards on just six carries (one touchdown) in his time thus far at the Academy. His ability to earn a place traveling with the team from day one tells a lot about how he is viewed by this coaching staff.

The third person in this collection is Ben Brittain. Similar to Jones, Brittain earned a jersey and traveled with the team as a freshman in 2020, this was a year removed from his first season which was spent at the Academies Prep School. This means that Brittain has seen and operated this Falcon offense in some capacity for three years now, ahead of his Junior season.

In fact, all three of these Cadets are in their Junior year, so their competition for playing time won’t end anytime soon. Let’s hope a majority of their reps in 2022 come in mop-up duty from a few engineered blowouts.

Names to Know: Turner/Smith/Reasoner/Hodges

The previous section may come as no surprise to most Air Force fans, though there is probably a pretty substantial awareness gap when you move on from Haaziq Daniels. But if you were to look at the full landscape as it relates to quarterbacks currently at the Air Force Academy, there are a few other players that are worth getting to know.

How can you start anywhere but with a quarterback who’s first name is Cannon? Well in this case, we’re talking about 2020 commit Cannon Turner. Another in the dearth of Juniors, Turner has yet to get the opportunity to make an impact in a game situation. However, this high IQ Cadet has distinguished himself in the classroom being recognized on the All- Academic Team for the Mountain West Conference.

Did we mention there are a lot of Juniors at quarterback? Well the last one to get covered here is going to be Jake Smith. One of the players who took a semester away from the Academy during the COVID impacted season, in what we’ve come to know as a ‘turnback’. Smith probably get’s most commonly recognized for his high school distinction as the opposing quarterback who defeated former number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence in their high school state championship game.

Out of the 2021 recruiting class, Ty Reasoner will be battling for position as a future Falcon signal caller as well. The Texas product was the definition of a duel threat quarterback in high school collecting over 6,100 yards of total offense with 70 combined touchdowns, rushing and passing.

It’s generally dangerous to invest too much in a current year recruiting class enrollee at a Service Academy. However, the Falcons have a 2022 three-star commit by the name of Kemper Hodges coming to the Springs. Part of a pretty exciting recruiting class overall, one can only hope that Hodges and company aren’t part of that massive turnover that inevitably happens in those first 12 months at a U.S. Military Academy. Hodges is the most highly rated quarterback prospect to commit to the Academy according to 247sports.com in the last decade. For perspective, that includes former Elite 11 prospect and eventual transfer departure, Ryan Brand (2014 commit Keenan Curran was the highest rated- but never entered the Academy at quarterback).

Outlook

While Haaziq Daniels isn’t getting quite the attention as a Falcon that former Mountain West Wire player of the year, Donald Hammond III did; he certainly could be on his way to the same credentials. Daniels truly could end the year as one of the most effective duel threat quarterbacks in the country. I know that may sound a stretch, but that’s probably because he’s in the same conference as Jake Haener that he’s so far under the radar. Don’t sleep on Ziq’.

As far as the insurance behind Daniels, it feels like the staff is more than comfortable with the guys in line. I’m not so sure Zach Larrier is the primary backup, because he is so versatile and talented, you can expect him to have packages that get ball in his hands a variety of ways. Larrier is going to be part of the offense I believe, and not purely in case of emergency.

The quarterback room may not match the proven depth and talent that the linebacker group brandishes. But that’s not a slight, because that linebacker room is as good as it gets. But the quarterbacks have plenty of talent, and unless you follow closely what’s gone on in Colorado Springs, your probably not going to recognize just how good this position group is until someone not wearing a number four jersey just engineers 10 minute scoring drive, tearing out the soul of the opposing defense.

The scenario described isn’t meant to be an exaggeration of what could happen, whilst being unlikely. This is probably going to happen, and to more than one team. No-one wants to see Haaziq Daniels get injured; but if he’s not able to go for whatever reason, don’t be too quick to weep for Air Force, they’re better prepared to thrive in this circumstance than most.

 

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Top recruit Arch Manning shocked the college football world with his commitment to Texas

Texas back?!

It seems like the recruitment of No. 1 overall 2023 recruit Arch Manning has gone on forever, but on Thursday, it finally came to an end with the Texas Longhorns securing the coveted commitment from the quarterback phenom.

Manning — the son of Cooper Manning and grandson of Archie Manning (also Peyton and Eli’s nephew) — announced his commitment to Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns on Twitter in his only tweet after Georgia had been considered the clubhouse leader in recent weeks. And despite rumors of Texas’ resurgence in the recruitment race, reports had Georgia feeling confident about signing Manning.

That late push from Texas — along with an official visit to Austin — ended up being enough.

Manning has been a starting quarterback on his high school team since his freshman season and will almost certainly step on campus as the Texas starter in 2023.

As expected, the news had college football fans in quite a frenzy on Twitter.

A Reddit user highlighted a massive football mistake in Top Gun: Maverick

Ok, this is a really good point.

Top Gun: Maverick is not only the biggest movie in the U.S., it’s absolutely obliterating box offices worldwide. Maverick as sped through the $900 million mark as it looks to join Spider-Man: No Way Home as the only post-pandemic movies to hit a billion dollars in ticket sales. It is already Tom Cruise’s biggest box office success, and it has also received high praise from critics and audiences alike with a 97 percent and 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively.

Maverick features incredible aviation sequences, thrilling action and a lot of up-and-coming stars. With a lot of nostalgia that harkens back to the 1986 original, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joe Kosinski made a few updates to bring the action into the 21st century.

It can be difficult to get everything correct, as one savvy Reddit user highlighted. Instead of the iconic beach volleyball scene, Maverick features an oiled-up beach football scene.

There’s just one problem.

As naval aviators, all of the game participants have Navy ties (although it’s not a given that they are all Naval Academy grads).

“However, the game consists of almost exclusively spread formations with forward passes, a clear slap in the face to the much superior triple option offense run by the service academies,” user puuma20 said in a self-proclaimed rant. “I almost got up and walked out of the theater.”

They’ve got a point. In 2021, Navy completed just 48 passes for a total of 681 yards and six touchdowns. Most impressively last season, the Midshipmen upset Tulsa, 20-17, without completing a single pass.

Man, what an oversight by the filmmakers. We need answers, Maverick.

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Colorado State Football: 2022 Breakout Candidates

With the new coaching regime, who are the players primed for a breakout year? We take a look at four potential Rams who can fill that role.

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Who takes advantage of a fresh start?

Colorado State has new head coach. They’ve been predicted to go anywhere from two wins to .500 and a bowl game. The coaches have brought a breath of fresh air to this program and the community has started buying in. Now it remains to be seen how that pays off for the Rams. But if these four Rams can show out, Colorado State will be a scary team sooner, rather than later.

Clay Millen, QB

Millen was the heir apparent to Carson Strong at Nevada before Jay Norvell left Reno for Fort Collins and he followed. He showed why he is going to be a four-year starter for the Rams during spring practices and the spring game. Millen was consistently putting passes in the right place for his receivers to catch. And even when he made a mistake, such as a pick-six in the spring game, Millen wasn’t afraid to go right back to it.

Ty McCullouch, WR

McCullouch is now on his third coach since committing to Colorado State in 2018. After fighting for playing time his first two years, McCullouch woke up a little bit last season with 24 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown (and that was in a run first offense). Just imagine what he will be able to do in an Air Raid offense with a pass-first mentality.

A.J. King, DB

After playing corner at Nevada, King will switch to safety under the guidance of new defensive coordinator Feddie Banks. He was intially reluctant when the change was put in front of him at Nevada, but has embraced the challenge for this new look Rams squad. Look for King to make more plays like the one below for Colorado State.

Drew Kulick, LB

Kulick put in the work for the Rams during the spring and then made that hard work payoff in the spring game with an interception. There are a number of injuries for the Rams that played a part here, but Kulick took advantage of the opportunities in front of him. Whether he continues that progress in the fall or remains solely a spring game star, especially within a unit that returns other stars like Dequan Jackson and Cam’ron Carter, remains to be seen. If Kulick can continue this progress, however, it looks the Rams have a cornerstone in the defensive middle for a couple years to come.

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Ohio State successfully registers ‘THE’ trademark, and THE internet had lots of questions (and jokes)

The internet had all THE jokes.

Ohio State University successfully registered a trademark for “THE” on Tuesday after almost three years since originally filing the application.

No, that’s not a typo. They trademarked “THE.” THE! A singular word. And not just any singular word, but the most frequently used word in the English language. I’ve already used the word three times in writing this, not including the (that’s four) three times I referenced the (five) actual trademark.

Anyway, the hold up was a dispute OSU had with (THE?) Marc Jacobs that’s now been settled, and the school needing to prove to the USPTO that its use of “THE” wasn’t “merely ornamental,” according to trademark attorney Josh Gerben on Twitter.

Now Ohio State owns the trademark for the use of “THE” on clothing, and the internet had lots of jokes and questions.

2022 New Mexico Football Breakout Players On Defense

2022 New Mexico Football Breakout Players On Defense Who will stand out in Rocky Long’s defense? Contact/Follow @MWCwire The next great UNM defender One must be very impressed by the New Mexico Lobo defense from last year. Defensive coordinator and …

2022 New Mexico Football Breakout Players On Defense


Who will stand out in Rocky Long’s defense?


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The next great UNM defender

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One must be very impressed by the New Mexico Lobo defense from last year. Defensive coordinator and former head coach Rocky Long did quite a lot from his limited talent on last year’s squad. 

Consider this, the Lobo defense made some massive improvements in 2021, ranking 44th in overall total defense and a 57-spot improvement from the previous year, 2020. 

UNM allowed 363.1 yards per game, the lowest total in 13 seasons since the 2008 team allowed 335.8 yards per game.

They also ranked 44th overall, and the 2008 team ranked 45th.  Last year’s ranking was the best since 2007 when UNM ranked 13th in total defense at 319.9 yards per game.

The New Mexico rushing defense stood at 143.2 yards per game, better than a 20-yard per game improvement from 2020, and it is the best rushing defense since 2008 when UNM ranked 26th at 122.3 yards per game. 

 Passing-wise, UNM allowed just 219.8 passing yards per game to rank 54th, a significant adjustment from 2019 when the passing defense allowed 321.4 yards per game and ranked 130th (last) in the FBS.  It was UNM’s best passing defense since 2010 when the unit ranked 53rd at 218.8 yards per game.

New Mexico’s passing defense goes back further than last year.  If you count the final four games of the 2020 season, when UNM allowed just 750 passing yards (a 187.5 average after allowing 1,231 yards, or 410.3 per game over the first three), the Lobos have allowed just 211.8 yards through the air over the last 16 games.

The common denominators, of course, are Gonzales and Long, who were here in 2008.  Here is the chart of UNM’s defensive success this year and UNM’s defensive numbers and rankings going back to 2007.

You can expect improvement each year for Lobo fans as this 3-3-5 playbook is opened up, talent is added, and players understand the scheme. Danny Gonzales and Rocky Long are cut from the same defensive-minded mold. 

Also, a significant factor is corners Coach Troy Reffett who was on staff with Rocky Long, and he knows the defensive philosophy of both Long and now head coach Danny Gonzales. 

One can look at Lobo’s history and see players who played the cornerback’s positions and his great job, especially how they are usually on an island one-on-one with some of the top receivers from opposing offenses. Great cornerback play is a must in this defense. 

Rocky Long’s defense still managed to finish fourth in the MWC in total defense and 42nd in Defensive Passing Success Allowed. So pass defense was their bright spot last year. 

 This Lobo secondary under Coach Davie Howes (Safeties Coach) and Troy Reffett (Cornerbacks Coach) did well, considering the talent they had, no doubt. 

The Lobo defensive Line was the 79th rushing success rate and gave up 54 points in the fourth quarter of games. 

That will not cut it for DC Rocky Long; make no mistake about it; he is one of the best Defensive Coordinators in all of college football; go ask San Diego State fans from his time there. 

The Aztecs made massive improvements under Rocky Long, which showed in games won yearly. 

Who Will Be New Mexico’s Offensive Breakout Stars?

New Mexico is blessed to have him on staff if one considers what he gave up monetarily to coach his alma mater, a large head coaching salary at SDSU, to what his salary is as a Defensive Coordinator is now. 

This is rare in today’s college football world of just massive salaries for head coaches and assistants. This is so refreshing. 

One must respect his love for football and the University of New Mexico Football program; actions speak louder than words. 

Now it’s been this writer’s experience watching this team that Rocky Long defenses tend to start hitting a sweet spot just a few years after it’s been with the teams he has been with. 

It can be attributed to adding more talent and a deeper understanding of this Rocky Long’s version of the 3-3-5 defense. 

Head Coach Danny Gonzales has stated this about not opening this defensive playbook until players start grasping it entirely in his pressers. 

So, watch for this defense to improve from last year, especially in the linebacker’s spot with Cody Moon, Syaire Riley, and Ray Leutele with a year under their belt. 

They all combined for 125 tackles, which should go up this year. Rocky Long’s defense is a lot of fun for the linebackers blitzing and stunting on so many plays to create havoc on offensives. 

This Defensive should start hitting more cylinders this year as the Lobos have some playmakers, as in Tavian Combs, who at the Lobo position was a tackling machine. 

He was listed as 3rd team Athlon Sports Preseason All-Mountain West Team. 

Add Ronald Wilson with a 54-stop season and Lobo Veteran Jerrick Reed. In all, four starters are expected back in the defensive backfield.

Reed was a former JUCO transfer who led the Lobos with 89 stops and is one of the hardest hitters in the secondary. He has a knack for being at the right place at the right time to make big plays for the Lobos. 

Reed will be on my First Team All-Mountain West Wire team and was recently named 2nd team  all Athlon Sports Preseason All-Mountain West Team

Now the Lobos’ leading sacker Joey Noble is gone, but the Lobos return some more depth for Defensive line coach Jerome Haywood. 

There’s not a ton of bulk, but Bryce Santana has just enough size to hold up more on the nose. DL Jake Saltonstall started to make some plays last year and was 3rd Athlon Sports Preseason All-Mountain West Team. 

Also helping this UNM defensive line is a local product from Los Lunas and a transfer from UCLA, Tyler Kiehne, to help add some depth to the Lobos defense. 

Kiehne played Bryce Santana played on the same Los Lunas Tiger team and should have some good chemistry for this Rocky Long Defense. 

Kienhe, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman, had some size for the Lobos up front and should see lots of action as the Lobos like to rotate their linemen to keep them 

He has four years of eligibility remaining after he did not see game action with the Bruins this past season, but that should really change under Long, especially with his size and strength. 

Top Mexico Lobo Defensive Players for 2022 are: 

Jerrick Reed S (2nd team Athlong All MWC) (1st College Football News)

Tavian Combs S (3rdnd team Athlon All MWC) (2nd College Football News) 

Jake Saltonstall DE (3rd team Athlon All MWC) (8th College football News) 

Ray Leutele LB (3rd team Athlon All MWC) (5th College Football News) 

Donte Martin C (4th team Athlong All MWC) 

Ronald Wilson

Dion Hunter (should have a breakout year for Lobos, 

Syaire Riley, Rico Hanna, Bryce Santana

Honorable mentions Tyler Kienhe (I think he has the potential to do well for this defense) and Cody Moon (lots of upside to this local Albuquerque kid who plays with high motor) 

Both of these players, in my opinion, are flying under the radar but should really help this Lobo team. Both high motor athletes for this Rocky Long team. 

So bottom line, watch this Lobo defense with more depth, and a better understanding of the 3-3-5 as only Rocky Long can coach it getter back to the old days of Lobo defense flying to the ball, sacking the Quarterbacks and turnovers to help this win some games this year. 


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UNLV Football: 2022 Breakout Candidates

A lack of wins belies a solid track record of development in Marcus Arroyo’s first two years, so who could be next up to lead the Rebels?

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UNLV Football: 2022 Breakout Candidates


A lack of wins belies a solid track record of development in Marcus Arroyo’s first two years, so who could be next up to lead the Rebels?


Contact/Follow @MattK_FS and @MWCwire

Could these players be ready for the spotlight?

The UNLV Rebels didn’t win as many games as they surely hoped to in 2021, but there’s little argument that the program is trending in the right direction under head coach Marcus Arroyo. Heading into year three, there are expectations that this team can make a collective leap forward.

That means both newcomers and young talents could play a big role throughout 2022, so who are the most likely candidates to emerge as major players?

Cameron Oliver, DB

Nohl Williams has quietly established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the Mountain West and Oliver might be the next Rebel to enter that conversation. He started all but one game in 2021 and held his own while operating mostly out of the slot as a true freshman, intercepting two passes while also picking up 33 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. While there’s a bit more competition for a starting role this time around, Oliver might just be the next big example of UNLV’s recent development successes.

Preston Nichols, OL

If Nichols can come close to matching his level of play in 2021, the Rebels may have landed one of the transfer portal’s biggest steals. According to Pro Football Focus, the 6-foot-2 and 280-pound lineman posted a 86.7 overall grade at Charleston Southern last year, the fifth-best figure among all FCS tackles.

Interestingly, it looks like the plan for now is to pair him with Daviyon McDaniel, another Buccaneers alum, on the left side of the offensive line. Replacing a road grader like Julio Garcia won’t be easy, but Nichols’s ability to play both tackle and guard could make him a very valuable asset.

Jeffrey Weimer and Senika McKie, WR

Kyle Williams could use some reinforcements to thrive, so the Rebels dipped into the juco and Division II ranks and found some intriguing candidates to replace Steve Jenkins’s production. Weimer went from Salinas to the City College of San Francisco and played a major role in the Rams’ run to a state title last year, leading the team with 77 catches, 1,268 yards and 17 touchdowns while flashing the ability to stretch the field.

McKie, on the other hand, arrives in Las Vegas from Erskine College in his native South Carolina, where he emerged as a second-team All-American pass catcher in the program’s first season of play since 1951. Between the Flying Fleet’s spring and fall campaigns in 2021, McKie averaged 12 yards per catch with ten touchdowns on 150 total receptions. If UNLV can make the right decision at quarterback, both have the potential to post monster seasons.

Tyson Player, S

With both Bryce Jackson and Phillip Hill leaving the program via the transfer portal, Player figures to be one of the next men up at safety. The good news? In his three starts last year, he showed plenty of promise and racked up double-digit tackles against both Iowa State and Air Force, so he’ll get plenty more chances to establish himself as one of the rangiest and hardest-hitting athletes in the Mountain West at that position.

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Mountain West Football: Circa Sports Reveals 2022 Championship Odds

Who is the Vegas favorite to take home the Mountain West football crown this season?

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Mountain West Football: Circa Sports Reveals 2022 Championship Odds


Who is the Vegas favorite to take home the Mountain West football crown this season?


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Where would you put your money?

Mountain West football is still about two months away from kicking off, but Las Vegas never sleeps and one of the Strip’s hottest newcomers, Circa Sports, has unveiled its odds for each team’s chances to claim the conference championship this fall.

There are a clear group of favorites at the top led by Boise State, who are the odds-on favorites at +345. However, defending West division champions San Diego State are virtually neck-and-neck with the Broncos at +350 and the Fresno State Bulldogs aren’t too far behind at +370.

A pair of Mountain division teams, Air Force and Utah State, sit right behind that top trio at +410 and +460, respectively, and then there’s a substantial gap between them and the rest of the Mountain West. San Jose State had a down year after claiming the title in 2020 and comes in at +2500, but the rest are relative longshots down to New Mexico at +10000.

Things might change in the weeks to come, but it is noteworthy that the sportsbooks seem to expect the race to the top to be a much hotter one than in 2021. By comparison, Boise State was -115 at BetMGM last August while just one other team was better than +400.

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College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games

College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games Where does CFN predict for Mountain West bowl games? Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Bowl projection season is here It is now magazine and preview season which includes among many …

College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games


Where does CFN predict for Mountain West bowl games?


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Bowl projection season is here

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It is now magazine and preview season which includes among many things: bowl projections. So, before we get to our own preseason bowl guesses because in June that is what these really are, but fun regardless.

One of our USA TODAY partners is College Football News and we will go through their bowl projections for the Mountain West for this upcoming season.

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup

The teams that are chosen for a bowl game are Air Force, Boise State, Utah State, Colorado State, Fresno State, and San Diego State.

It is a little bit shocking that Wyoming is left out of the bowl projections as they have always been a consistent team to go to the post season. They are losing some offense and a lot of players to the transfer portal this past offseason, plus a few defenders are now in the NFL.

Also, no San Jose State likely means in their thinking that Brent Brennan won’t have a bounce-back year to go bowling after a 2021 season that saw injuries to its quarterback and a defense that took a step back.

On the flip side, Jay Norvell is getting a lot of credit as Colorado State’s next head coach by coming over from Nevada would. be a nice surprise for Rams fans. Colorado State was actually close to a bowl game last year with a few bad hiccups under Steve Addazio.

Norvell is a coaching upgrade so combine that with the talent already in Fort Collins plus the Nevada players going West, this team has a good shot at going to a bowl game.

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:15, ESPN
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Last Year: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs AAC, C-USA, MAC or Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Air Force vs UTSA

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:30, ABC
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year; Utah State 24, Oregon State 13
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Boise State vs UCLA

Frisco Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:15, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Tulsa vs Utah State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:30, ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Last Year: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Colorado State vs Miami University

Easyport Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00, ESPN
Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Florida Atlantic vs Fresno State

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
4:30, Barstool
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Toledo vs San Diego State


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